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Trevor Collett | May, 09 2015 | 2 Comments

Volvo Australia has conducted its Safety Index survey for 2015, finding majority support for tougher penalties on mobile phone use while driving.

The Swedish carmaker says 70 percent of respondents were in favour of the tougher penalties, while 87 percent said mobile phone use behind the wheel was comparable to drink driving.

Just over 42 percent supported an outright ban on mobile phone use while driving.

But it seems some respondents are calling for tougher penalties on their own actions, with around half of those aged under 35 years admitting that they “regularly” make calls, send text messages or access the internet on their phones while driving.

Of these, 32 percent said they did it out of habit and 26 percent said they could ‘multi-task’ when driving, while 22 percent said they were suffering from ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out) and seven percent said they were addicted to texting.

Volvo Australia’s Managing Director, Kevin McCann, said the Index’s findings highlighted “growing concerns” about road safety.

“With one in three drivers admitting to making a call or texting while behind the wheel there is still much work to be done to reduce distractions for road users,” Mr McCann said.

“The results from Volvo’s Driver Safety Index shows many drivers believe that ‘driving is for driving’ - not for chatting, organising social events, texting, reading, or any of the diverse in-vehicle activities that can divert attention and affect safe driving.”

Volvo says more than 120,000 drivers around Australia are fined for illegal mobile phone use while driving, while reminding us that all Australian states and territories have laws in place requiring safer mobile phone use behind the wheel.

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